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petit four

[ pet-ee -fawr, fohr; French puh-tee -foor ]
/ ˈpɛt i ˈfɔr, ˈfoʊr; French pə ti ˈfur /
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noun, plural pet·its fours [pet-ee -fawrz, fohrz; French puh-tee -foor], /ˈpɛt i ˈfɔrz, ˈfoʊrz; French pə ti ˈfur/, pet·it fours.

a small teacake, variously frosted and decorated.

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Origin of petit four

1880–85; <French: literally, small oven
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British Dictionary definitions for petit four

petit four
/ (ˈpɛtɪ ˈfɔː, French pəti fur) /

noun plural petits fours (ˈpɛtɪ ˈfɔːz, French pəti fur)

any of various very small rich sweet cakes and biscuits, usually decorated with fancy icing, marzipan, etc
French, literally: little oven
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